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Above, a vintage photo taken around St. Patrick’s Day 1950 of Lewiston’s Bates Fabriques ice hockey team after winning the Amateur Hockey Association US Championship. They went on to compete internationally. Discover interesting stories like this one during intimate tours of USM’s Franco-American archives on Open Collections Night, Tuesday, March 21 from 5-7 pm. Now, onto St. Patrick’s Day: 36 parties, on top of making it to Spring Equinox. So many reasons to celebrate in Southern Maine in this week. Slainte!

Image & Text: USM’s Franco-American Collection & Archivist Anna Faherty

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Thursday, March 16

Mornings with Make a Wish Maine, 8-9 am, Sheraton, South Portland

Discover Waynflete School, 8:30-10:30 am, Spring St., Portland

Senior Shopping Transportation, 9 am-2 pm, Town Hall, N. Windham

Kids: Tiny Tigers Weekly Play Time, 9:15-10:45 am, Comm Ctr., Biddeford

Coffee with Community- Wild Seed Project, 10-11 am, Comm Ctr., Yarmouth

Snowshoe Walk, 10-11 am, Town Hall, Buxton

Tech 101 for Seniors, 10-11:30 am, Library, Sanford

Age Friendly Walk at Hidden Pond, 10 am-2:30 pm, Freeport

Parlez Vous Conversation Meetup, 10:30 am, Cedar St., Lewiston

Kids: Peace Play for Littles, 11-11:30 am, Main St., Yarmouth

Kids: Weekly Storytime, 11-11:30 am, Library, Old Orchard

New Developments in Maine Agriculture (hybrid), 12-1 pm, Library, Lewiston

Music: John Bennett, Cello, 12:15-12:50 pm, Library, Portland

Garden Club Talk, 12:30 pm, Hillcrest Rec Ctr., Scarborough

Movie of the Week, 1 pm, Library, Gray

Movie Time, 1-3 pm, Library, Windham

Tea & Talk w Local Maine Author ($5), 1-3 pm, Muni Ctr., Standish

Theater: How I Learned What I Learned ($0+), 2 & 7:30 pm, Forest Ave., Portland

Kids: Crafternoon, 2:30-4 pm, Library, Saco

Seniors Improving Their Digital Skills, 3-4 pm, Falcon Rd., Lewiston

Lohengrin Opera Lecture, 3-5 pm, Fryeburg

Flash Fiction Writing Workshop, 3:30 pm, Library, Yarmouth

Sap to Syrup Workshop- Collecting Sap, 3:30-4:30 pm, Rockport

Kids: Create, Experiment, Discover, 4-5 pm, Library, Lewiston

Trash Talk with Ranger Liz, 4-5 pm, Payson Pk., Portland

Real Estate Speed Networking , 4-6 pm, Munka Coworking, Lewiston

Austin St. Brewery Milk Stout + Cake Tasting, 4-8 pm, Rosemont, Falmouth

Chamber Happy Hour, 5-6:30 pm, Lisbon St., Lewiston

Free Ham Dinner, 5-6:30 pm, Lewiston St., Mechanic Falls

Maine Peace Corps Meetup, 5-7 pm, Wilson Co. BBQ, Portland

Press Herald's 2022 Photos of the Year Opening, 5-7 pm, Library, Cumberland

Happy Hour Event at Art Museum, 5-8 pm, Portland

Watch Ski & Snowboard Cross, 5-8 pm, Lost Valley, Auburn

Builders, Beers & Business Networking, 5:30 pm, Island Dog, South Portland

Bingo Night ($0-3), 6-7 pm, Town Hall, Buxton

Home Buyer Seminar, 6-7 pm, Pat's, Windham

Visual Anthropology & Archaeology Series ($0), 6-7 pm, Brick Store, Kennebunk

Cribbage Night + Irish Music, 6-8 pm, Elements, Biddeford

NOA Dinner ($0-8; LGBTQ), 6-8 pm, Casco St., Portland

Scottish Country Dancing ($0-5), 6-8 pm, Grange, Topsham

Thursday Game Nights at LL Bean, 6-8 pm, Coffee By Design, Freeport

Garden Club Talk- Hypertufas & Containers, 6:30-8 pm, Library, Cape Elizabeth

Third Thursday Spanish Club, 6:30-8 pm, Main St., Lewiston

Rockstar Music Bingo, 7-9 pm, Smitty's, Windham

Open Mic, 7-10 pm, Webster St., Lewiston

Lake Region Rotary Club Talk (all welcome), 7:30 pm, Stella's, Bridgton

Music: Superfrog, 7:30 pm, Ri Ra, Portland

Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, 7:30 pm, Bates, Lewiston

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

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5 Places to Watch March Madness in Portland, 12 pm

A New Vernal Pool Conservation Strategy, 12-1 pm

Accepting Business Investments from People You Know, 12-1:30 pm

Historical Battles Over Maine's Public Lands, 7-8 pm

The Maine Jewish Summer Camp Experience (hybrid), 7-9 pm



Friday, March 17

Watch the Paddy's Day Plunge, 5:30 am, East End Beach, Portland

Paddy Fest 2023- Live Music All Day, 6:30 am, Ri Ra, Portland

St. Patrick's Day Party, 7 am, Dewey's, Portland

St Patrick's Day + Highlanders Band (3:30 pm), 8 am, Gritty's, Portland

Financial Aid 101, 8 am-2 pm, Civic Ctr., Augusta

Irish Flag Raising + Coffee, Tea & Irish Bread, 8:30-10 am, Gray St., Portland

St. Patrick's Day Party + Live Music (9 pm), 9 am, Bolos, Brunswick

West African Dance for Beginners, 9-10:15 am, Stevens Ave., Portland

Winter Wildlife Walk, 9-11 am, Woodward Pt., Brunswick

Age 55+ Games & Gather (p.5), 9 am-12 pm, Hub, Scarborough

St. Patrick's Day Bash + Live Music (8 pm), 10 am, Skip's, Buxton

Intellectual Disabilities Pickleball, 10-11 am, Redbank, South Portland

BIPOC Women's Business Navigator, 10-11:30 am, CEI, Portland

Mayberry Hill Preserve Walk, 10 am-12 pm, Casco

St. Patrick's Day + Live Music, 10 am-11 pm, Byrnes, Brunswick & Bath

Grand Opening of Nerd Core, 11 am, Center St., Auburn

St. Patrick's Day, 11 am, Gritty's, Freeport

St. Patrick's Day + Highlanders Band (6 pm), 11 am, Gritty's, Auburn

St. Patrick's Day Party + Live Music All Day, 11 am, Bull Feeney's, Portland

St. Patrick's Day Party + Music, 11 am, Mulligans, Biddeford

Intro to LiveScope Boat Radar, 11 am-12 pm, Cabela's, Scarborough

St. Patrick's Day at The Pub, 11:30 am-11 pm, Baxter Brew, Lewiston

Community Lunch, 12-1 pm, Depot St., Freeport

Kids: Engineering with Marshmallows, 1-2 pm, Library, Topsham

Freeport Woman's Club Gem Expert Talk, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library, Freeport

St. Patrick's Day + Music, 2 pm, Forest Gardens, Portland

St. Patrick's Day + Live Music, 2-3 pm, Thirsty Pig, Portland

St. Patrick’s Day Nature Walk, 2-3 pm, Rt. 1, Saco

St. Patrick's Day Party, 2-8 pm, Island Dog, South Portland

St. Patrick's Day Party + Live Music, 3 pm, Erik's Church, Windham

Movie: Pokemon- Detective Pikachu, 3-5 pm, Library, Topsham

St. Patrick's Day Lucky Hour + Music, 3-7 pm, School St., Freeport

St. Patrick's Day + Live Music, 4-10 pm, Batson River, Portland

St. Patrick's Day Dog Pull, 5 pm, Bishop St., Portland

St. Patrick's Day Party + DJ ($5 in advance), 6-10 pm, Roosevelt Trl., Windham

Gay Hang w Kindling Collective, 6:30-8 pm, Rising Tide, South Portland

Live Music, 6:30-8 pm, Elements, Biddeford

St. Patrick's Day + Live Music, 6:30-9:30 pm, Eagles, Portland

Drumming Circle, 7 pm, Spiritualist Ch., Westbrook

Music: Open the Door for Three ($0-20), 7 pm, Church Ave., Peaks Island

O'Geno's Parties with DJ Patty O'Snap, 7 pm, Geno's, Portland

Battle of the Badges Ice Hockey Game, 7-9 pm, Colisee, Lewiston

Music: Shugars Band, 7-10 pm, VFW, Portland

Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash, 7-11 pm, Willy's Ale, Acton

Theater: How I Learned What I Learned ($0+), 7:30 pm, Forest Ave., Portland

Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, 7:30 pm, Bates, Lewiston

Music: King Memphis, 7:30-9:30 pm, Frog & Turtle, Westbrook

St. Patrick’s with 13 Black, 8-11 pm, Jimmy's, Old Orchard

St. Patrick's Night + DJ, 8-11:45 pm, Ramada, Lewiston

St. Patrick's Day with Hairy Pie, 8:30 pm, Fast Breaks, Lewiston

St. Paddy's with Ragged Jack, 8:30 pm-12:30 am, Mill House Pub, Mechanic Falls

St Patrick's at the 1800, 9-11:59 pm, Court St., Auburn

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

Virtual Events

Climate Task Force Photo Contest

Coffee with Falmouth Town Councilors, 8-9 am

Roads, Rain, Amphibians- Call It a Big Night, 6:30-8 pm



Saturday, March 18

LGBTQ+ Parent/Caregiver Resources, 7-9 am, Library, Bridgton

Safe Families for Children Training, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Root Cellar, Portland

Pet Clinic w Free Pet Food & Distemper Shots, 9-11 am, Strawberry Ave., Lewiston

Lake Region Youth Baseball Clinic, 9:30-10:30 am, High School, Naples

Construction Home Loan Class, 9:30-11 am, Ind. Pk. Rd., Saco

Seeds, Starters & Houseplants Swap, 10 am, Needfire, Portland

Music & Muffins, 10-11 am, Library, Cumberland

Outdoor Spiritual Nature Walk, 10-11:30 am, Peaks Island

Clark's Pond Trail Clean Up, 10 am-12 pm, South Portland

Kids: Book Talk on 1900's Logging, 10 am-12 pm, Library, Falmouth

Knitting Group, 10 am-12 pm, Library, Scarborough

Let's Talk Tech Theatre ($0-10), 10 am-12 pm, Academy St., Auburn

Repair Cafe, 10 am-12:30 pm, Library, Bath

Make a Blanket Day, 10 am-2 pm, Grange 53, Saco

Vets in the Valley- Military/Vets Ski & Board Free, 10 am-5 pm, Lost Valley, Auburn

How Do Ships Float? Family Workshop, 10:30 am-12 pm, Maritime Msm, Bath

Surf Shop Mini Sauna Sessions, 11 am-5 pm, Black Pt. Rd., Scarborough

St. Patrick's Day + Live Music, 11 am-9 pm, Stroudwater Dist., Portland

Kids: Free Dance Class (weekly), 11:45 am-12:30 pm, Casco Bay Movers, Portland

Ostara Art Stroll & Maker Fair, 12-4 pm, Lewiston

Thompson's Pint Beer Hall + Music, Games, 12-5 pm, Thompson's Pt., Portland

Community Crochet Class, 12:30 pm, Library, West Paris

Family Open Gym Basketball ($2-5), 12:30-2:30 pm, Comm Ctr., Saco

The Annual Mattress Race, 1 pm, Pleasant Mtn., Bridgton

Music: Castlebay, 1-2 pm, Library, Topsham

Memoir Writing Workshop, 1-6 pm, Library, Auburn

Drums of West Africa, 2-3 pm, Library, Kennebunk

Book Talk- Statehood & The 1812 War, 2-4 pm, Library, Kennebunkport

Book Talk- The Craft Brewery Cookbook, 3-5 pm, Bissell Bros., Portland

History Hour & Spaghetti Dinner ($0-5), 3-6 pm, Turner St., Canton

Theater: How I Learned What I Learned ($0+), 3:30 & 8 pm, Forest Ave., Portland

Music: Rich Reichner, 4:30 pm, Rusty Bus, Lewiston

Join the Lakes Region ATV Club, 5 pm, Pat's Pizza, Windham

Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, 5 pm, Bates, Lewiston

Live Music, 6:30-8 pm, Elements, Biddeford

Classical Concert (students free), 7 pm, Franco Ctr., Lewiston

WMPG Jazz at the Movies- Girls in the Band, 7 pm, Neal St., Portland

Tour of the Night Sky Constellations, 7:30-9 pm, Broadturn Rd., Scarborough

Music: Modern Latin Jazz Quintet, 7:30-9:30 pm, Russell St., Lewiston

Music: Wingin' It, 8-11:55 pm, Spring Point, South Portland

St. Patrick's Party w Bazinga, 8:30 pm, Fast Breaks, Lewiston

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

Virtual Events

2023 USA Powerlifting Maine State Championship, 9 am & 2 pm

Meetup: Bitcoin Q+A, 2-4 pm



Sunday, March 19

Disabled Veteran Free Guided Moose Hunt

Cheer on the Mary's Walkers, 8 am-2 pm, Thorton Acad., Saco

Boating Safety Course, 8 am-4 pm, Commercial St., Portland

Dogs & Their Queers Beach Walk, 9-11 am, East End, Portland

Free 11 Hole Disc Golf, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Tripping Gnome Farm, Freeport

Pickleball Drop In 6 Days a Week ($3), 9:30 am-7 pm, Comm Ctr., Gray

Jewelry, Firearms & Antiques Auction, 10 am, South Paris

Kids: Pocket Nature Journals, 10 am-12 pm, Roberts Rd., Norway

Southern Maine Arm Wrestling Club, 10 am-12 pm, Comm Ctr., Westbrook

Weekly Chess Club, 10 am-1 pm, Market Basket Cafe, Westbrook

Meetup: Bradbury, Brunch & Beers, 10 am-1:30 pm, Pownal

Maker's Market, 10 am-3 pm, Thompson's Pt., Portland

Meetup: Broad Cove Reserve, 10:30-12:30 pm, Cumberland

Book Signing- Gluten Free Italian (+ samples), 11 am-1 pm, Back Cove Books, Portland

Pace Yourself Fun Run ($0-15), 11 am-1 pm, Back Cove, Portland

Checking for Charity Ice Hockey Fundraiser, 11 am-2 pm, Troubh Arena, Portland

Drag Brunch, 11 am-2 pm, Batson River, Portland

Mary's Walk After Party, 12 pm, Jimmy's, Old Orchard

Drum The Body Electric ($0-10), 1-3 pm, Adaptive Ctr., Brunswick

Listening Bodies Dance Improvisation Workshop, 1:30-2:30 pm, Samudra Yoga, Biddeford

Theater: How I Learned What I Learned ($0+), 2 pm, Forest Ave., Portland

Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, 2 pm, Bates, Lewiston

Queer Community Healing Circle, 2-4 pm, Evo Rock, Portland

Classical Concert (students free), 2:30 pm, Orion Ctr., Topsham

Important Needle Leaf Trees ($5), 3-6 pm, Viles Arboretum, Augusta

Trombone Recital, 5 pm, USM, Gorham

Common Floor Contra Dance ($0-15), 6:45-10 pm, Temple Beth El, Portland

Sanctuary Sunday Clubbing Night ($5), 9 pm-1 am, Flask, Portland

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

Virtual Events

SoPo's '100 Resilient Yards' Free Landscaping Program

Planting & Growing by the Lunar Calendar, 3-4:30 pm



Monday, March 20

Seafood Innovation & Quality Summit, 8:30 am-3 pm, Danforth St., Portland

Senior Nature Talk- Intro to Birding, 9-10 am, Senior Ctr., South Portland

Surviving the Winter Meditation Series, 9:30-11 am, Library, Falmouth

Kids: Take & Make Craft, 9:30 am-8 pm, Library, Biddeford

Falmouth's Forests in a Changing Climate, 10:30-11:30 am, Comm Ctr., Falmouth

Kids: Open Rec for Ages <5 ($3), 10-11:30 am, Comm Ctr., Gray

Teens: Homeschool Weekly Hangout, 11:15-12:30 am, Library, Lewiston

Cribbage, 1:30 pm, Comm Ctr., Bridgton

Kids: Paws & Read with Therapy Dogs, 3:30-4:30 pm, Library, Freeport

Kids: Making Quesadillas & Salsa, 4-5 pm, Library, Auburn

Summer in Winter Tiki Pre-Party, 4-9 pm, Batson River, Portland

First Day of Spring Celebration & Free Seeds, 4:30-6:30 pm, Library, Lewiston

Spring Equinox Hike, 4:45-6:15 pm, Bald Pate, Bridgton

Drop In Candlepin League w Prizes ($5), 5-8 pm, Pineland, New Gloucester

Women's Healing Circle ($0+), 6:30-8 pm, Flourish, Biddeford

Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, 7:30 pm, Bates, Lewiston

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

Virtual Events

Mindfulness Meditation Practice, 7-8 pm



Tuesday, March 21

Troy Industrial Workshops + Lunch, 8 am-3:30 pm, Civic Ctr., Augusta

Store Easter Egg Hunt (ends 4/8), 9 am, Diversions, South Portland

Kids: Weekly Farmyard Storytime, 10-10:45 pm, Wolfes Neck Ctr., Freeport

Construction/Trades Hiring Event, 10 am-12 pm, Mollison Wy., Lewiston

Kids: Junior Engineers, 10:30-11:30 am, Library, Saco

Laughter Yoga Club for Adults, 12-1 pm, Comm Ctr., Falmouth

Garden Club- Fungi Everywhere, 12-2 pm, Washington St., Bath

Tai Chi Tuesdays ($5), 1-2 pm, Comm Ctr., South Portland

Age Friendly Social, 1:30-2:30 pm, Depot St., Freeport

Page to Stage Discussion- The Cake, 1:30-2:30 pm, Library, Portland

Foreign Policy Talk- Climate Migration, 3-4:30 pm, Library, Falmouth

Third Act Rally Against Fossil Fuel Banks, 3-4:30 pm, Monument Sq., Portland

Women in Maine's Textile Mills, 4-5 pm, Library, Auburn

Charting the Future of Farming in Maine, 4-6 pm, Hallowell

Panel Talk on Maine Space Tech Industry, 4:30-6 pm, Stevens Ave., Portland

Physics Roadshow ($5), 5 pm, Magic Lantern, Bridgton

Talk: Wicked Hard Math, 5 pm, UNE, Biddeford

Business Networking Happy Hour, 5-7 pm, Island Dog, South Portland

Franco-American Open Collections Night, 5-7 pm, USM, Lewiston

Puzzle Exchange, 6-6:30 pm, Library, Kennebunk

Narcan, Substance Use & Stigma Training, 6-7 pm, Police Dept., Sanford

Self Defense Workshop ($0-15), 6-7:30 pm, Town Gym, Bridgton

Underwood Park Improvements Public Forum, 6-7:30 pm, Lunt Rd., Falmouth

Join the Rock My Soul Choir, 7-9 pm, South Berwick

Women's Basketball Drop In ($3), 7-9 pm, Middle Sch., Gorham

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

Virtual Events

Resume Strategies, 10-11 am

Trauma Informed/Recovery Yoga (hybrid), 1:30-2:30 pm

Maine's New Retirement Savings Mandate, 2-3 pm

Learn About a Career in Real Estate (hybrid), 4-5 pm

The Dirty Secrets of Fast Fashion, 5:30-7 pm

Parent Webinar- Students Against Destructive Decisions, 6:30 pm



Wednesday, March 22

7th Anniv. Veterans' Coffee + Donut Hour, 9-11 am, Legion, Windham

Arts & Crafts Drop In for Age 50+, 9-11 am, Senior Ctr., South Portland

Free Women Veteran's Luncheon, 10 am-3 pm, Legion, Brunswick

Wednesday Walks at Laudholm, 10:30 am-12 pm, Wells

Basic Business Startup, 11 am-1 pm, Main St., Sanford

Music: Roger's Acoustic Jams ($0-5), 1-3 pm, Grange 53, Saco

Cultural Advocacy Day 2023, 1-4 pm, State House, Augusta

Get Out Nature Walk- Rines Forest, 2 pm, Cumberland

Fly Casting Practice Session, 2:30-3 pm, Rec Ctr., Brunswick

Kids: Basics of Maple, 5-6 pm, Clearwater Dr., Falmouth

Chamber After Hours Networking, 5-7 pm, Flight Deck, Brunswick

Fun After 5 at Dirigo RMS, 5-8 pm, Auburn

Movie: Labyrinth, 5:30-7 pm, Library, Scarborough

Setting Up Your Organic Garden, 5:30-7 pm, Library, Springvale

Women in Sports Journalism, 6 pm, Library, Gorham

3x3 Poetry Reading Series, 6-7 pm, Trinity Ch., Portland

Free Oyster Tasting & Aquaculture Talk, 6-8 pm, Saltwater Grille, South Portland

Historical Talk- Spirit of Capt. Reuben Blanchard, 6:30 pm, Fire Station, Cumberland

Merrill Film Society- High Fidelity, 7 pm, Library, Yarmouth

Equine Nutrition Beyond the Feed Tag, 7-9 pm, Randall Rd., Berwick

Improv Comedy Incubator ($0-5), 7-9 pm, Woodfords Club, Portland

Coed Volleyball ($4; p.9), 7-10 pm, High School, Cape Elizabeth

Tonight's Cheap Night Life

Virtual Events

Mobile Food Business- No Truck, No Problem, 11 am-12 pm

All About Bicycle Rodeos, 12-1 pm

Modernizing Maine's Bottle Bill, 12-1 pm

DEI Through the Lens of Disability, 12-1:30 pm

Meetup: Edible Forest Gardens ($0-20), 4:30-5:30 pm

LGBTQ Virtual Happy Hour, 5:30-6:30 pm

Gardening Q&A with MOFGA, 7-8 pm

Maple, Medicine of Connection, 7-8 pm

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